Statement by Canada, United States and Mexico on the North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference

November 1, 2014

The Honourable Ed Fast, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Penny Pritzker, the United States’ Secretary of Commerce, and Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, today issued the following statement:

“We, the ministers responsible for international trade and commerce for Canada, the United States and Mexico, held a joint meeting and participated in the North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The conference brought together business leaders from across North America to discuss our top priorities, which are creating jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity for North American businesses, workers and their families.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which laid the foundation for greater economic integration between our three countries. Since then, the Canada, United States and Mexico economieshave prospered. Our combined trade relationship is more than $1.4 trillion, and our economic output accounts for more than one-quarter of the world`s GDP. The North American economy can out-compete any region in the world.

“We have pledged to build on this success by enhancing trade and deepening our economic relationship through cooperation on our North American Competitiveness Work Plan. The Work Plan has eight key pillars, all of which aim to increase North American competitiveness. These pillars include trilateral investment initiatives, tourism collaboration, border facilitation, regulatory cooperation, entrepreneurship and innovation, strengthening the North American production platform, stakeholder outreach, and promotion of skills for a 21st century workforce.

“This Work Plan exemplifies how our three countries work together to support North American companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. It also showcases how our countries continue to strengthen our economic partnership, generate prosperity and increase competitiveness on the global stage."


NACIC 2014 to Feature 50-Plus Speakers From Across North America

October 27, 2014

In addition to the highly anticipated Ministerial Luncheon, NACIC 2014 also offers four plenary panel sessions with leading experts from Canada the U.S. and Mexico: Topics include: The North American Energy Advantage; The Tri-National Legislator’s Panel; CEO Perspectives on Emerging Opportunities; and The Future of North America Panel. A total of six workshops will also cover key topics including: Investment; Technology; Border Facilitation; Manufacturing; Innovation Networks; and Infrastructure.

Organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada) and the Canadian International Council (CIC) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, NACIC 2014 will bring together senior officials, policy experts and business executives who will contribute to the development and advancement of a “North American Work Plan for Competitiveness and Innovation.”

Don’t miss out on North America’s premier event on competitiveness and innovation. Registration is limited so reserve your space today!